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Caribbean Capacity Building Programme (CCBP)

The Caribbean Capacity Building Programme (CCBP) is a long-term training programme focusing on cultural heritage management and aiming to create a Caribbean network of heritage experts.

They, in turn, can share knowledge, know-how and expertise on the modus operandi of the World Heritage Convention and on heritage management in general.

The CCBP was conceived to respond to the needs identified in the Latin America and the Caribbean Periodic Report which showed that most of the Caribbean State Parties still lack the capacity and expertise needed to enable full protection and management of the present World Heritage sites (18) and to identify new World Heritage sites. The CCBP was endorsed by the World Heritage Committee in 2004 as part of the Caribbean Action Plan for World Heritage.


To strengthen the capacities of Caribbean institutions in the field of immovable cultural heritage conservation and management.

To disseminate and implement the core principles of the World Heritage Convention and best practices of heritage restoration, conservation and management.

To offer an academic and technical network where the dynamics between conservation, management, and development are analysed and viable solutions for specific projects and case studies are proposed.

Guiding Principles

Flexibility is at the heart of the CCBP: network members are free to choose and implement any of the five training modules composing the CCBP according to their needs, the only obligation being to always implement the module on the Application of the World Heritage Convention.

The CCBP is an innovative working tool that links theory and praxis: all training modules are conceived to provide a methodological and theoretical framework to on-site pilot projects.

World Heritage Sites are the main target of the CCBP, but all heritage professionals can benefit from the module, as they were conceived in a broad and holistic approach to foster the identification and protection of the authenticity and integrity of any site, and at the same time promote their sustainable development.

The CCBP is entirely extra-budgetary funded. Fundraising campaigns to support the CCBP Secretariat, pilot projects and the implementation of the training modules are constantly underway.


Professionals, whose actions impact on the planning, management, conservation, and maintenance of immovable cultural heritage

Communities, youth and other stakeholders who are located in or near cultural heritage sites

and decision-makers

Training institutions, instructors, researchers, university students

How to Apply

UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean in Havana has set up a CCBP Secretariat to receive and analyse all requests from all entities wishing to offer the training course, and approve them in consultation with the World Heritage Centre in Paris.

Any institution wishing to be part of the CCBP network should send an official request to the UNESCO Havana Office, using the Participation Format.

The original signed of the completed application form should be sent in English, French or Spanish to: e-mail to ccbp@unesco.org.cu or to the post address UNESCO Regional Bureau for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, Calzada 551 - esq D - Vedado, Havana - Cuba  

CCBP Training Modules

The CCBP is composed of a core and mandatory training module on the Application of the World Heritage Convention and a series of other modules focusing on the various aspects of management (tourism, historic centres, risks, cultural landscapes and natural heritage). Each module lasts 30 hours and encompasses practical exercises, analysis of regional case studies and discussions.  The training modules are available in 3 languages (English, French and Spanish).

Decisions / Resolutions (1)
Code: 28COM 16

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Expressing its sincere appreciation to the States Parties of Latin America and the Caribbean, the World Heritage Centre, the Advisory Bodies and the regional experts involved in the periodic reporting exercise for their collaboration in the successful completion of the comprehensive report on “The State of the World Heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean, 2004 Periodic Report”,

2. Takes note of the periodic report and endorses its Strategic Framework for Action contained in it;

3. Also endorses the Caribbean Action Plan for World Heritage 2004-2014 contained in the periodic report, and urges the World Heritage Centre to promote the development of a similar Action Plan for Latin America – in particular, by convening a meeting of representatives of such sub-region not later than December 1st, 2004;

4. Welcomes the particular attention paid to the Caribbean sub-region that in the past has had a limited participation in the activities of the World Heritage Convention and the cultural and natural heritage of which is still underrepresented on the World Heritage List, with recent meetings on periodic reporting in Port-au-Prince (Haiti), harmonization of Tentative Lists in Kingstown (Saint Vincent & the Grenadines) and the preparation of an action plan in favour of World Heritage in Castries (Saint Lucia);

5. Invites the Governments of the Bahamas and Trinidad & Tobago to consider ratification of the World Heritage Convention, so as to achieve full participation of the Caribbean sub-region in World Heritage;

6. Also welcomes the various activities in Latin America during 2002 and 2003, that have a direct impact in the periodic report, including the expert meetings related to the process of preparation of the transborder nomination of “Qhapaq Ñan – Camino Principal Andino”, the regional meeting in Santiago de Querétaro (Mexico), the sub regional workshops in Puerto Iguazú and Córdoba (Argentina) on capacity building for the management of World Heritage properties, and the regional seminar in Córdoba (Argentina) on the application of satellite technologies to World Heritage conservation;

7. Notes that the conclusions of the Querétaro meeting refer to the List of the Americas, and requests the World Heritage Centre to report on such List at its 29th session (2005) – in particular, as regards its relationship with the World Heritage List; Decisions adopted at the 28th session of the World Heritage WHC-04/28 COM/26, p.147 Committee (Suzhou, 2004)

8. Requests the World Heritage Centre to publish, as early as possible, the periodic report in a user-friendly version in English, French and Spanish, for wide distribution in the region among all stakeholders;

9. Requests the World Heritage Centre, in collaboration with the Advisory Bodies and the States Parties of the region, to further develop the Caribbean and the Latin American Action Plans into operational work plans and identify partners for their implementation;

10. Recommends to the Director-General that he reviews operations and staffing in the UNESCO Offices in the region, particularly in the Caribbean sub-region, to ensure that improved services are provided in a coordinated manner with the World Heritage Centre to assist the States Parties in Latin America and the Caribbean in the enhanced implementation of the World Heritage Convention and their respective Action Plans;

11. Strongly encourages the States Parties and all other World Heritage partners and stakeholders in the region to co-operate actively and to take the necessary actions to follow-up in a concerted and concrete manner in the implementation of the Action Plans for World Heritage in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean;

12. Requests the World Heritage Centre to report on the follow-up of the regional periodic report – and, in particular, on the implementation of the Caribbean and Latin American Action Plans – at its 7th extraordinary session (Paris, December 2004).

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